Four Stanford scholars among new fellows at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Four Stanford scholars are among 38 fellows who will be in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) during the 2018-19 academic year.

One of 18 independent labs, centers and institutes operating under Stanford’s Vice Provost and Dean of Research, CASBS nurtures interdisciplinary research and exploration of pressing societal questions and problems through its single-year fellows program, as well as multi-year collaborative projects.

Estelle Freedman
Estelle Freedman

The 2018-19 fellows represent 18 U.S. institutions and 13 international institutions and programs. They also represent a diversity of fields within or intersecting the social and behavioral sciences: anthropology, classics, communication, economics, history, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, and psychology.

The four Stanford scholars are ESTELLE FREEDMAN, the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History; MICHELLE JACKSON, assistant professor of sociology; ADRIENNE MAYOR, research scholar of classics and of history and philosophy of science; and REVIEL NETZ, the Suppes Professor of Greek Mathematics and Astronomy and professor of classics.

  • Freedman will expand upon the legal approach of her 2015 book, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation, by exploring digitized oral history collaborations as sources for understanding the personal history of assault, rape and harassment. She is also part of a group of three fellows who will pursue a collaborative project, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sexual Violence: Individual, Institutional and Structural Forces.”
  • Jackson will work on a book that provides both a comprehensive overview of long-term trends in educational inequality and an assessment of the extent to which equalizing initiatives such as the GI Bill, the New Deal, desegregation and the expansion of college were associated with increased equality of educational opportunity.
  • Mayor seeks to gather evidence that concepts of robots, animated statues, human enhancements and artificial intelligence arose long before technological innovations made them possible, as well as investigate the relationship between classical myths and real historical automata that began to proliferate in the Hellenistic era.
  • Netz will work on a book about the rise of Greek mathematics and the social combinations – a culture of debate, the invention of the “author” and the formation of networks of scholarships – that paved the way to modern science.

“The fellowship program is the cornerstone upholding the center’s sterling reputation and, indeed, provides a model that other centers and institutes have emulated for decades,” said CASBS associate director SALLY SCHROEDER. “We approach the fellow selection process very seriously. I continue to be amazed by the standard of excellence we establish each year. We’ve reached that standard yet again with the 2018-19 class.”

In addition to the residential fellows, CASBS has a number of Stanford-based faculty fellows and affiliates – leaders of one or more of the center’s ongoing collaborative projects or partner programs. During 2018-19, the center’s faculty fellows include PAUL BREST (law), DAVID GRUSKY (sociology), DANIEL HO (law), ROBERTA KATZ (anthropology), ARNOLD MILSTEIN (medicine), JOSIAH OBER (classics), NATE PERSILY (law), WOODY POWELL (sociology) and ABRAHAM VERGHESE (medicine).

Read on the CASBS website a full announcement and list of its 2018-19 class, and bio-sketches of the class members.